Kenya’s first National Construction Week, taking place from Nov 2 to 4, 2016 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, is set to be a major driver for the growth and advancement of Kenya’s construction industry.
Speaking at a press conference on Sep 13 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, representatives of the National Construction Authority (NCA), dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa and the State Department of Housing and Urban Development presented the event to the media and the benefits it will bring to the local construction sector.
The National Construction Week, launched by Hon Proff Jacob Kaimenyi Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning earlier this year, will incorporate NCA’s Second Annual Construction Research Conference and Exhibition (ACoRCE 2016) and The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 exhibition organised by dmg events.
Dr Loise Kipkiror, Vice Chairperson of NCA’s board of directors, said to be extremely positive about the new partnership between the NCA and The Big 5 Construct East Africa.
“dmg events has more than three decades of experience in the organisation of successful exhibitions around the globe, and is bringing to Kenya the most influential and renowned portfolio of construction industry events, The Big 5.” Spanning the Middle East, India, South East Asia and Africa, The Big 5 leverages on a network of over 300,000 suppliers and buyers of construction products from 120 countries.
“Each event is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the local markets that we serve”, Ashley Roberts, Event Director of The Big 5 East Africa 2016, commented. “Our first event in Kenya will take place this year as the official exhibition of the National Construction Week. We will be showcasing the latest innovations, and never seen before products, not only in Kenya but in the wider African continent as well.”
The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 will host over 200 exhibitors from 20 countries, including Germany, Turkey, Italy, Greece, the UK, France, along with several leading construction firms from Kenya, Mr. Roberts disclosed at the press conference.
“This will be the first event in the country that will offer free to attend CPD accredited workshops to construction industry professionals. There will be a day dedicated to the theme of sustainability and we will also bring to Kenya our Platinum Club series supporting professionals working on top projects in the East African region.”
According to Ibrahim Hussein, Director of Administration State department of Housing and Urban development, the partnership between the NCA and The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 will unlock market opportunities supporting innovation in Kenya’s construction industry. “The National Construction Week will bring onboard policy options supporting both the growth and the regulation of the construction sector.”
“Other activities of the National Construction Week include our mentorship program, accreditation exercise for artisans, and sensitisation programs through visits in ongoing construction sites”, Dr Kipkiror added.
The theme of ACORCE 2016 is “Nurturing the Transformation of Local Construction Industry on Material and Technology for Best Global Practice”. The second edition of the Conference will bring together the region’s regulators who have adopted construction policies, manufacturers with new technologies adaptable for local industries and development partners.
ACORCE 2016 will promote deliberations to be adopted within the National Construction Policy, answering NCA’s wider mandate to improve safety in the country’s building sector.
The National Construction Week organised by the NCA and dmg events is backed by the Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development, the Ministry of Water & Irrigation, and Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest).
The event also enjoys the support of Kenya Federation of Master Builders, UNOPS, Kenya Institute of Public Policy, Research and Analysis, Town and Country Planners Associations of Kenya (TCPAK), Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), The Institute of Clerks of Works, Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Architecture and Technology, Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), Kenya Railways, Kenya Wildlife Service, and the National Commission of Science, Technology and Innovation.